Jared needs good performance to get into Investec Cup final

With as many as 20 of the top 50 players in the Sunshine Tour’s Chase to the Investec Cup likely to be unable to play in the final tournaments of the series, Jared Harvey will be keeping a close eye on his position in this week’s Telkom PGA Championship.

Two of South Africa’s top players in Charl Schwartzel and George Coetzee will be concentrating their efforts on their preparation for the Masters, while others such as Garth Mulroy and Tyrone van Aswegen are resident in the United States which makes travel back to South Africa a particularly demanding proposition.

And Richard Sterne has not yet committed to the Investec Cup: He is ranked 50th in the world, and if he can improve on that position with a good performance in the Telkom PGA Championship, he may be certain of an invitation to the Masters in April and concentrate his efforts on the major.

So with a number of European Tour players in the top 50 of the Chase to the Investec Cup likely to remain committed to their schedules on that tour, Harvey finds himself in 31st position – just outside the final and outside the list of players who will share in the Bonus Pool.

The 2012/2013 Chase to the Investec Cup season consisted of the tournaments starting with the BMG Classic and ending with the Telkom PGA Championship. The top 30 players on the Investec Bonus Pool ranking, after the Telkom PGA Championship will qualify for the season ending Investec Cup.

The Investec Bonus Pool will carry total prize money of R5-million with R2-million going to the winner – 30th place will pick up R40,000. And the Investec Cup will carry a prize find of R1-million with R 163,400 going to the winner.

If Harvey finishes outside the top four in the Telkom PGA Championship, he needs to finish three positions higher than Tjaart van der Walt, the South African player above him in the Chase to the Investec Cup.

With 250 points for the winner of the Telkom PGA Championship, 200 for second, 120 for third and 110 for fourth, Van der Walt would need to finish sixth or worse for Harvey to go through should he not come fourth.

But such are the permutations in any golf tournament, that those calculations are done assuming no-one from lower down the Chase to the Investec Cup list wins the Telkom PGA Championship, and that both Harvey and Van der Walt make the cut.

So Harvey’s reality is he has to assume Sterne will play in the Investec Cup, and get as good a finish as possible in the Telkom PGA Championship to ensure he gets to play at Millvale, Rustenburg and Lost City from March 21.

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